Not until I spent seven days not saying a word, with the exception of three fifteen minutes interviews with Gil and Andrea, did I realize what an imposition speech can be. And I understood Gil's instruction that "You are to keep noble silence throughout the retreat, to not disrupt process of settling taking place. Think about it as solids settling down the bottom of dirty water. If you agitate the water, the process of settling gets hindered, and the water does not get a chance to get pure."
Not having to speak, nor to listen to others' words, gave me spaciousness of mind. No need to worry about committing false speech, or being subjected to it. My attention naturally turned to cultivating wholesome thoughts, and deliberate actions. And I got the time and stillness necessary to meet with my most inner core.
Speech. A necessity of life, that needs to be used with greater economy, and mindfulness.